I would like in this post to discuss the best server settings to host magento. Everyone is having such a hard time setting up the htaccess file.
I don’t see why you need to make changes to .htaccess file. My magento store works fine with the default .htaccess. No changes needed.
Since magento developers define what magento settings need, we would appreciate their response as to a suggested server setting/packages necessary for a successful and optimized way to run magento. Can a magento developer capture and attach their server’s info?
You can look into optimize your apache & probably add in some caching feature for your PHP..
Also is it possible to get a LAMP server image file or configuration script to achieve a good level of security and the best setting for Magento?
No. There is no such one-time image file setup to achieve security & settling for magento. All of these require some manual work.
For server security & optimization, you will need to find a server management company to do that for you.